Kerry Football Families

Its over 100 years since Kerry won their first ever All-Ireland senior football championship and through all those decades the county has produced some of the greatest footballing families Ireland has ever seen. The Kerry GAA tradition is unique and its the families of the Kingdom men and women that fosters and keep alive this tradition. Here are the stories of just a few of these great men who wore the green and gold with such unique distinction winning between them a host of All-Ireland senior football championship medals.

A Legendary Kerry Family - The Lynes of Cleeney

Denny Lyne, who captained Kerry in the historic New York Polo Grounds Final of 1947, in his last ever interview told me that if Dr. Eamon had been brought to New York, Kerry would have won that final - ... more»

The Brosnans of Moyvane

Con Brosnan of Moyvane, Kerry and Munster, gave a lifetime of service to the GAA as a player, administrator, trainer and organiser. His wonderful career with Kerry started in 1923 when Kerry were unlucky to lose to ... more»

The Caseys of Lispole

Lispole lies in the heart of the Dingle Peninsula among the Kerry Hills. It was here in the church field under the shadow of "an Stricin" that the great Bill Casey was born. Attending school at Dingle CBS to ... more»

The O'Connells of Valentia

The beautiful island of Valentia lies in the Gulf Stream of the South West Coast of Kerry, and it was here in January 1937 that Mick O'Connell was born - 'The Icon of Gaelic Football'. In a great football county like ... more»

The O'Donovans of Gneeveguilla

Tureencahill, Gneeveguilla lies in the heart of Sliabh Luachra country, famed for it's traditional music, song and dance. It was here that Cain and Hannah O'Donovan reared a fine family of 5 boys and 1 girl. From an ... more»

The Landers of Rock St

Urban Terrace in Rock St. Tralee, 'The Street of Champions', has a unique record in the annals of Gaelic football. In a terrace of 20 houses, 22 Senior AII Ireland medals have been won. It was from no. 7 in this terrace ... more»

The Lynchs of Beaufort

Brendan and Paudie Lynch, sons of Tom and Nora, were born in the shadow of Ireland's highest mountain, Carrantuohill, near the tranquil waters of the famous River Laune in the parish of Beaufort. Brendan and Paudie were ... more»

The Lynes of Killarney

The Lyne brothers of The Legion, Killarney; Jackie, Dinny, Mickey and Teddy - out of a family of 10 - were wonderful footballers. The most famous of the brothers was Jackie, a powerfully built athlete who came on the ... more»

The Murphys of Camp

The parish of Camp lies a few miles west of Tralee in the shadow of the Slieve Mish mountains, at the entrance to the Dingle Peninsula. This parish has produced great Gaelic footballers over the years; Tim O'Donnell, ... more»

The O'Donoghues of Asdee

Asdee lies in the parish of Ballylongford, in the heartland of North Kerry - home of the O'Donoghue brothers, Paudie and Eamon. Paudie, who was the eldest of the two, was selected on the Kerry minor team of 1962 where ... more»

The O'Dwyers of Waterville

The picturesque village of Waterville lies on the beautiful 'Ring of Kerry'. Famed in song and story for it's rugged natural attractions, it has one more claim to fame - as it was here in June 1936 that Mick O' Dwyer, ... more»

The Russells of Kerry

Killarney is famous worldwide for it's great natural beauty, lakes mountains and waterfalls and it has also probably produced some of the greatest footballers down through the years - from the Iegendary Dick Fitzgerald, ... more»

The Spillanes of Templenoe

The record book on Gaelic Games states "The honor for the most senior AII Ireland Medals won by members of one family goes to the Spillane family of Templenoe in Kerry". Pat, Mick and Tom came from a family ... more»

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